Faculty and Staff

Kathleen M Torsney

Professor • Department of Psychology

Dr. Kathleen Torsney is a Professor with over 30 years of experience working in the field of clinical psychology and neuropsychology at a variety of sites including Bellevue Hospital and the Lyons VA Medical Center. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of adults and adolescents with neuropsychological disorders. She is proficient in the evaluation of disorders in memory, attention, non-verbal and verbal learning, processing, perception, and language. Dr. Torsney coordinated a program for persons with brain injuries throughout all 5 boroughs of NY and she directed a program in NJ for nearly 500 persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses. She has also has considerable experience with cognitive rehabilitation as well with the assessment and treatment of individuals with a wide range of conditions such as substance abuse, compulsive disorders, mood disorders, anxiety issues, trauma, and psychoses. Dr. Torsney also consistently publishes articles and performs conference presentations on topics relating to neuropsychology.

Professional Interests

Neuropsychological Assessment
Personality Diagnoses in Neuropsychological Assessment
Domestic Violence Survivors
Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Health Psychology/Compassion Fatigue

Other Interests

Academic Interests: Analysis of Lost Person Behavior, Strangulation and brain injuries among domestic violence survivors
Volunteer Interests: Domestic Violence, Search and Rescue, Disaster Mental Health Volunteer
Professional: President, New Jersey Neuropsychological Society, Former Director of Academic Affairs and Co-Advisor of the Graduate Student Organization (NJPAGS) for New Jersey Psychological Association


PhD , Columbia University ,


Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Trauma, Addictions, Serious and Persistent Mental Illnesses

Licenses and Certifications

Psychologist, NJ Board of Psychological Examiners State

Psychologist, NY Board of Psychological Examiners

Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners

Representative Publications

Impact of participation in team meetings on the stress and coping of lower status nursing employees in long-term care; Stress and Health; Volume 27, 2011

Advantages and disadvantages of telerehabilitation for persons with neurological disabilities; , NeuroRehabilitation; Volume 18, 2003

Aspects of Spirituality in the Narratives of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury; , RELIGION & SPIRITUALTY;

Complementary and alternative medicines in the treatment of dementia; , Drugs & aging; Volume 20, Issue 13 2003

The need to explore the prevalence and treatment of acquired brain injury among persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses.; , Psychiatric rehabilitation journal; Volume 28, 2004

Representative Presentations

Determining the Presence of a Psychotic and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in an Individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Personality Assessment
Society for Personality Assessment Annual Conference
San Diego, CA 2020

Personality Tests in Neuropsychological Assessment: Determining the Presence of Psychotic and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders in 3 Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
41st Annual Conference National Academy of Neuropsychology
, 2021

Undetected Brain Injuries among Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Early Assessment/Intervention
93rd Eastern Psychological Association Conference William Paterson University
New York, NY 2022

Notable Courses Taught

Psy.D.--Assessment I and II, Human Growth and Development
MA--Substance Abuse Interventions, Practicum II
BA--Psychological Testing, Community Psychology, Substance Abuse